HV Reliability Engineering Specialist

EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables

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The HV Reliability Engineering Specialist will provide front-line High Voltage (HV) Electrical Equipment support to operating wind farms across the Company. You will serve, in conjunction with other High Voltage Operations staff and the Electrical Engineers in Houston, as the Company’s subject matter expert on essentially all HV issues.

Main accountabilities:

  • Provide electrical, high-voltage, collection system, and substation support to operating wind farms including constant on-call support
  • Provide support and feedback regarding electrical design, engineering, testing, and construction as requested
  • Support and coordinate commissioning, start-up, and initial operating activities
  • Optimize scheduled maintenance with consideration of available and forecasted fuel resource, weather, and reactive maintenance activities
  • Report problems and update activities in the SAP CMMS as needed
  • Maintain inventory, inspection, and calibration of all tooling and equipment as required
  • Manage the HV spare parts inventory of the Renewable Power Plants in the applicable zone
  • Perform safe switching and grounding of HV equipment including circuit breakers, disconnect switches, power transformers, and all related components as necessary
  • Participate in the engineering, design, and construction review processes including review of collection system, substation, and transmission line designs
  • Develop and implement site betterment projects including preparation of scope documents, exhibits, budgets, schedules, and requests for proposals (RFPs)
  • Support and coordinate electrical equipment maintenance at company facilities with LO/TO and outage planning
  • Serve as an example and ambassador of safe work practices
  • Perform equipment inspections and testing and store the reports in the respective depository to ensure compliance with the applicable NERC standards
  • Perform emergency and routine repairs that may require specialized tools, materials, or permits
  • Train subordinates and other EDPR NA field personnel to perform IR thermography, electrical equipment maintenance, and prepare them to operate collection system and substation equipment
  • Perform additional duties as required

Direct reports: up to 4

Travel: 30%

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • 5+ years of relevant technical experience
  • Necessary qualifications to operate HV equipment
  • Expert knowledge of medium- and high-voltage substation electrical equipment including relay protection systems, collection systems, transmission designs, and operations
  • Experience with power generation or distribution preferred
  • Experience with establishing HV field service preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office, Project software suites, and SEL Equipment
  • Experience with relay and protection fundamentals
  • Experience with LOTO and OTO procedures software suit preferred
  • Familiarity with the operation of capacitor banks, transformer load tap changers, circuit breakers, and motor/manually operated air disconnect switches

Behavioral requirements:

  • Ability to write operating procedures and strong problem-solving ability
  • Ability to apply pertinent industry standards and codes including Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), National Electric Safety Code (NESC), and ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multi-task in a complex and dynamic environment
  • Ability to perform basic electrical mathematical calculations
  • Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction including one-line, three-line, schematics, and wiring diagrams
  • Ability to work with other crews performing adjacent maintenance and repair
  • Willingness and ability to travel at least 30% of the time
  • Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on renewable power plants’ sites. Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment.
  • Walking: Ability to walk .25 to 1.5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on wind farm sites
  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds and to occasionally jointly lift items weighing between 50 and 100 pounds
  • Climbing:
  • Ability to climb turbine towers up to 110 meters in height approximately 5-10 times per year, or as needed
  • Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by the ANSI Fall Protection Standards
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind farm sites
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

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